Get ready for the sounds of clinking glasses, crunchy snow underfoot and the satisfying swoosh of ski edges digging into fresh corduroy. November sees us celebrating food and drink at Whistler Cornucopia events that happen throughout the month. Keen skiers and boarders are getting their squats in, checking their gear and keeping their eyes on Whistler’s webcams, raring to go for Whistler Blackcomb’s opening day, November 24.

We’re also awaiting more film announcements for the Whistler Film Festival, which starts November 30, and it’s also the time of year when Whistler’s magical, festive lights start to glow.

Outdoor Adventure

You’ll find us:

  • Tackling the new Ridgerunner ATV tour on Blackcomb Mountain with Canadian Wilderness Adventures before they switch out the tires for tracks. Depending on the weather, November might see them shift to snowmobile and snowshoe tours, or a unique combination of the two!
  • Braving the seasonal rain and heading out to some of the lower valley hikes we love like Lost LakeCheakamus Lake, and Train Wreck. Check out our Tips for When it Drips. If snow is on the ground, consider opting for shoes with good grip, or adding traction with Yaktrax.
  • Making sure we’re ready for Whistler Blackcomb’s opening day on Thursday, November 24. Take a read of our Insider’s Guide on Tuning Up for the Winter Season, which gives you a run down on what you might want to get and check before you head up the hill.

Adventure Lite

You’ll find us:

  • Trying something new at one of Cornucopia’s drink seminars. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone drink-wise and find some new favourites. Whether you focus on a specific wine varietal, hone in on one region or country, or opt to try spirits like Japanese whisky and Mexican tequila, there are over 40 seminars to choose from.
  • Making our own sun oil tincture at the Working with Local Traditional Plants: Devil’s Club workshop, happening at the Maury Young Arts Centre on November 10. It’s part of the enhám series that celebrates Indigenous arts and knowledge, with events happening every Thursday this month.
  • Cheering on the bobsleigh and skeleton athletes at not one, but two events this month. The IBSF North American Cup is happening on Nov 9 and 10, and Nov 12 and 13, and the BMW IBSF World Cup is on Nov 24 to 26. Enjoy the thrill of seeing the Formula One of winter sports this November!

 

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More ways to get outside.

Family Fun

You’ll find us:

  • Whizzing around Blackcomb Mountain on an off-road, family buggy tour. Skillful guides help you navigate cruisy, mountain paths as you explore, taking in the stunning vistas as you go.
  • Dropping off the kids/teens to the Discover Bobsleigh, happening Nov 19 for ages 16 to 25, and Discover Luge happening Nov 10 for kids aged 8 to 14, at the Whistler Olympic Sliding Centre. Athletes receive an introduction to sliding sports and on-ice sliding instruction.
  • Getting the kids inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit on show at the young artists’ annual craft fair, Bratz Biz. It’s being held at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre on November 26 and 27 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

More family-friendly activities.

Arts & Culture

You’ll find us:

  • Chomping at the bit to hit the slopes after we watch Teton Gravity Research’s new film, Magic Hour at the Maury Young Arts Centre on November 5. The early show starts at 6:30 PM, the late, adults-only show at 9 PM.
  • At the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on November 26 and 27 for the Whistler Artisan Market, the biggest indoor marketing experience Whistler has seen since 2019! Up to 40, Sea to Sky vendors will showcase a range of their finest accessories, clothing, artisan foods, toys, ceramics, jewellery, skincare, and more. Entry is by cash donation or the donation of a non-perishable food item to the Whistler Community Services Society.
  • Enjoying the fascinating Docent tour at the Audain Art Museum, which happen every Sunday and is complimentary with admission. Tours of the permanent collection start at 2 PM, and for the visiting exhibit, Out of Control: The Concrete Art of Skateboarding, the tours start at 3 PM.
  • Checking out the exhibit at the Whistler Museum which explores the geological processes and features in the proposed Fire & Ice GeoRegion that surrounds the Whistler area. The exhibit is on now and entry is by donation, although you should note that the museum is closed from November 1 to 4.
  • Laughing at the talented, theatrical antics of C.R. Avery at The Point on Alta Lake, where he’s performing his latest show, Victory on East Hastings on Sunday, November 19.

Eating, Drinking & Shopping

You’ll find us:

  • Trying some of the 200 wines being poured at Cornucopia’s CRUSH Grand Tasting event on November 12, and then broadening our drinking varietals at POURED happening the following Saturday, November 19. At the latter, you can sample drinks from scotch, gin and vodka, to expertly-crafted BC beer and ciders, and wines from across the globe.
  • Enjoying happy hour (2 to 5 PM daily) and the new, fall three-course menu at the Braidwood Tavern at Four Seasons Whistler. On the menu are mouth-watering offerings like the Winter Kabocha Squash Salad, with goat cheese and onion tart, and candied pumpkin seeds, Beef Guanciale Carbonara and Mushroom Dumplings. Divine.
  • Singing along with well-loved, North Van band, She Stole My Beer, who is performing at the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) on Saturday, November 12 at 9 PM.

 

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More on Village shoppingdining and arts and culture.

Save The Date

Luge World Cup | December 7 – 10
Whistler Pride & Ski Festival | January 22 – 29

Be a Responsible Traveller: Don’t Love It to Death

  • BC is bear country and as always it is important to respect Whistler’s resident bears by avoiding interactions with them, for our safety and theirs. Read more about bear safety in our blog, Be Bear Aware in Whistler.
  • Help keep Whistler green by choosing tap water over bottled water, avoiding single-use plastics, leaving the car at home, choosing active transportation and sorting garbage properly to reduce your waste.
  • Be AdventureSmart and always practice Leave No Trace principles.
  • Consider our Adventure Differently Principles – enjoy patiently, play simply, explore responsibly and interact considerately. See you in the mountains!

Travel Updates

  • Effective October 1, 2022, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination, be required to use the ArriveCAN app, nor be required to wear masks on federally regulated modes of transportation. Random COVID-19 testing at airports is also no longer required.
  • Fully vaccinated, American travellers no longer require a COVID-19 test to return home to the United States.
  • Visit whistler.com/covid for the latest COVID-19 information and resources for travellers.

If You’re Driving . . .

  • Winter tires or chains are required on the Sea to Sky Highway from now until March 31. Make sure to check you have these, especially if you’re using a rental car. Read more on our Road Conditions page.
  • Help reduce congestion on the highway by travelling during non-peak times. Peak travel times on the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler include Friday afternoons and evenings, weekends and holidays. To avoid this busy time, plan to visit Whistler midweek when the highway and the resort are typically quieter. Extend your weekend – plan to arrive on Thursday night and leave on Monday morning to avoid the weekend traffic. If you’re visiting Whistler only for the day, plan on staying for dinner to avoid the rush of day traffic leaving the resort after the mountain closes.
  • Always check DriveBC for current road conditions before getting on the road. Follow @DriveBC on Twitter and listen to MountainFM for the latest updates.
  • Paid parking is in effect in Day Lots 1, 2, 3 (complimentary parking from 5 PM to 3 AM). Parking in Lots 4 and 5 are complimentary until December 15. No parking in Day Lots 1 to 5 between 3 AM to 6 AM from November 1 to March 31. Please check the RMOW website for more information on parking.
  • Winter parking regulations begin Nov 1. No even side parking on streets Mon to Fri, 9 AM to 5 PM. No parking on the odd side of streets year-round.
  • Marketplace parking has new tariffs; $1 first 30 min and $2 first hour (15-minute, storefront parking remains free). For shopping at Fresh St. Market, register your license plate in the machine prior to shopping and they will reimburse you for 1 hour with a minimum $25 purchase.
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You can often find Dee exploring all Whistler has to offer with her three-kid tribe in tow. Originally from the UK, Dee enjoys balancing out high-thrills adventures with down-time basking in the beauty of the wonderful place she now calls home.